I had a very interesting conversation with a friend today, regarding something they brought up, that had appeared on their Facebook feed.
Stephen King has offered a lot of advice over the years on writing, and story crafting. One of the things he has written about is “Don’t try to steal someone else’s voice.”
I’m sitting here right now, laptop on my lap, home sick from my day job. Like many writers, aspiring or otherwise, I have a full-time job to pay the bills while I wrestle time away from family and other commitments to put time in to my writing.
I woke up today, feeling like I’d been run over in my sleep by a gigantic tractor-trailer, and realized that the very notion of getting out of bed seemed like a herculean task. Work simply wasn’t going to happen. Being a writer, naturally, what was the next thought that popped in to my head? “Ooh, if I’m sick, I can write when I’m not sleeping!”